Over 13 years ago, on March 27th, WordPress came to be. It was forked from b2 cafelog by Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg. From there, WordPress grew from being just another blog platform, to a full-fledged content management system. For me, I’ve been there through it’s journey.
In fact, I see WordPress much like it’s a kid. My own son was a little over 6 months old when WordPress came to be. Then my son was small. WordPress was small too. 13 years later, my son is taller than me, and WordPress has become a software that powered 26% of the websites that exist online today. It has been really amazing to see the growth with WordPress, as the software, and WordPress, as a community.
If it were for the community, WordPress wouldn’t be where it is today. It’s grown because of it’s mission to democratize publishing. It’s grown because of the community has been warm, friendly, and inclusive.
This post isn’t about selling anyone on WordPress. It’s about celebrating a community who has come together. It’s about celebrating the person living in their home, who can have a voice. It’s about celebrating business owners who can’t afford much, but can build and make money with their website. It’s about anyone wanting to have a voice online.
Every time I meet a reader from Blondish.net, another presenter, or any WordPress user at a WordCamp or local WordPress Meetup group, I’m amazed. There are people discovering WordPress. Some with great enthusiasm, some with timidness, and some with skepticism. There are people helping these new users out of kindness because they were helped by someone else when they had first started WordPress. It really is a wonderful thing and makes me feel great to be a part of the WordPress community.
The WordPress community has changed the world. Sure other CMS have done a really great job too. However, it’s not their anniversary, and I really only talk about WordPress unless it is converting Drupal to WordPress. Happy 13th Birthday, WordPress!